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Second House From The Corner By Sadeqa Johnson
Praise for Second House from the Corner
"Johnson is a skilled storyteller with a breezy style, and the journey of Felicia, a strong African American woman, will have particular appeal for Terry McMillan fans." -Booklist
Felicia Lyons, a stressed out stay-at-home mom struggles to sprint ahead of the demands of motherhood while her husband spends long days at the office. Felicia taps, utters mantra, and breathes her way through most situations but on some days, like when the children won’t stop screaming her name or arguing over toy trucks and pretzel sticks, she wonders what it would be like to get in her car and drive away.
Then one evening the telephone rings, and in a split second the harried mother’s innocent fantasy becomes a hellish reality. The call pulls her back into a life she’d rather forget. Felicia hasn’t been completely honest about her upbringing, and her deception forces her return to the Philadelphia of her childhood, where she must confront the family demons and long buried secrets she thought she had left behind.
From a phenomenal fresh voice in fiction, comes the compelling story of what happens when the dream falls apart. It’s the unforgettable tale of love, loss, rediscovery, and the growing pains of marriage.
SADEQA JOHNSON is a former public relations manager who spent years working with well-known authors such as J.K. Rowling, Bebe Moore Campbell, Amy Tan and Bishop T.D. Jakes before becoming an author herself. Her debut novel, Love in a Carry-On Bag was hailed by Ebony.com as “this summer’s hottest read.” It was the recipient of the 2013 Phillis Wheatley award for Best Fiction and the 2012 USA Best Book award for African-American fiction .Originally from Philadelphia, Sadeqa Johnson currently resides in Virginia with her husband and three children.Second House from the Corner is her second novel.
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I just decided to bring you my favorite holiday tunes from over the years.
I hope you love them as much as I do,
You're All I Want For Christmas Brook Benton
The Christmas Song Nat King Cole
This Christmas Donny Hathaway
Soul Holidays Sounds of Blackness
Baby it's Cold Outside Vanessa Williams and Bobby Caldwell
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Lou Rawls
Every year Every Christmas Luther Vandross
Please Come Home For Christmas Charles Brown
Gee Wiz it's Christmas, Carla Thomas
Little Drummer Boy, Lou Rawls
Boyz II Men- Let It Snow
I'm TOOOOO excited about the books releasing this month. I'm about to blow up my debit card. First off...
LitVersations©® The Book Conversation Game is a project I’ve been working VERY hard to bring to life for over two years. This idea came to me while listening to people discuss books and being interviewed asking the same questions over and over again. It was like the same questions, different book and same questions different author.
I wanted meatier questions; questions that were open ended and lead into a deeper conversation, a real LitVersation! So I created the questions I wanted. 70 questions to get the LitVersation started!
These questions open up refreshing dialogue with new and interesting perspectives.
A fun interactive ice breaker
Helps others understand other interpretations of the story
Promotes richer exchanges and inspires thought
Great for authors to take along to gatherings
Great gift for book lovers and book clubs
Helps discussions stay on track and active
Great for ages
Even if you don't belong to a book club or discussion group, you will still enjoy these questions, in analyzing your thoughts and feelings about the books you read! They also help in outlining your book reviews and comments you'd like to share in your social media circles or comments to the author.
Take your book club discussions to a whole new level with this fun and interactive game that lets everyone come away satisfied about truly discussing a book.
These cards are great to take along when visiting book clubs, just in case the conversation get a little slow, and they make a wonderful gift to the book club. Also I know some authors say how hard it is to write discussion questions about your books, these questions can aide you in creating some thought provoking questions.
Reviewers, Bloggers and Interviewers Spice up your posts and interviews with some fresh questions that will get people talking and commenting. Open ended questions are a great way to get your followers to talk back to you
In researching I chose two teachers to test these game cards. Each teacher (Middle and High School) used the cards to either have a discussion in class about a book they read or they were used as homework questions and the feedback I got back was inspiring! The students really got into a great discussion and a much better concept of the story and structure of creative writing.
You can use these cards with your book club and your children!!
Online Chat Facilitators
These questions are helpful in keeping the chat going
How to play Litversations©®
Each person in the group picks 5 cards from the freshly shuffled deck.
The moderator asks the first question from the card chosen, and
lets the person next to them answer.
The question goes around until everyone has answered.
The next person asks the next question and repeats the above steps.
The game continues until all questions are answered.
The conversation may spin off into another direction,
but that’s ok, it’s part of the fun!
You can also divide up into 2 teams!
Pick an opposing side from the story.
The team, who makes their points, wins that round.
If no one liked the book, discuss why and how it could have been better.
You can pick a card as you go to keep the element of surprise.
You can have your LitVersation©® members’ act out the characters or answers
for even more fun!
Allow the LitVersation©® to flow freely, letting everyone to express their views.
There is no right or wrong way to play, just have a
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